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Obsidian Records

A look at Obsidian Records, a new early music label, with performances of music by Josquin, Senfl, Verdelot, Tomkins, and from the court of Henry VIII.

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Alamire, a vocal consort heard on many Obsidian label recordings.

This week’s edition features several releases from Obsidian Records, a new British music label. We’ll hear music from the Renaissance performed by the vocal ensemble Alamire, Andrew Lawrence King, The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Fretwork, and the cornet and sackbut ensemble Quintessential. All directed by David Skinner.

Music Heard On This Episode

Henry VIII: Tandernaken
Alamire/David Skinner, Quintessential, and Andrew Lawrence King, harp — Henry’s Music (Obsidian, 2009)
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Henry VIII: Tandernaken
Alamire/David Skinner, Quintessential, and Andrew Lawrence King, harp — Henry’s Music (Obsidian, 2009)
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Philippe Verdelot: Italia mia bench’ el parlar’
Alamire/David Skinner, Fretwork, and Lynda Sayce, lute — Philippe Verdelot: Madrigals for a Tudor King (Obsidian, 2007)
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Josquin Desprez: Gloria from Missa D’ung aultre amer
Alamire/David Skinner, and Andrew Lawrence King, harp — Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer; Motets & Chansons (Obsidian, 2007)
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Thomas Tomkins: Pavan VII
Alamire/David Skinner, Fretwork, and the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge — Thomas Tomkins: These Distracted Times (Obsidian, 2007)
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Ludwig Senfl: Im Maien
Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge/David Skinner, Quintessential, and Andrew Lawrence King, harp — Ludwig Senfl: Missa Paschalis, Motteten & Lieder (Obsidian, 2009)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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